Sven Palmowski has been part of Grove since the very beginning with his iconic design "birdland". Originally available on our bamboo iPhone cases, you can now decorate your iPad 2 with his design laser engraved into our magnetic leather cover. I've been following Sven's work for several years now after discovering his incredible t-shirt designs. He is one of the most prolific illustrators I know, make sure to checkout his full portfolio! Sven was kind enough to answer a quick interview, learn what inspires this ink master below.
Please give us a brief bio and description of your work?
I´m a German-born, Spain-based illustrator, I studied fine arts back in the nineties and I´m freelancing ever since. I would describe my work as linwework-based and a little bit Pop Surrealism-driven:)
What inspires you?
Objects, old stuff, music, movies, even street art...
What medium do you prefer to work in?
Pen, ink and Photoshop.
What's in your artists toolkit?
Pen, ink, Photoshop and coffee.
What's your work space like?
Pretty clean, bright and spacey, I´m not the messy kind of artist, actually I´m more the "bureaucratic" kind of artist.
Can you walk us through your typical work day?
Coffee, Pen, Ink, Photoshop, TV, bed.
Who are some of your influences?
Some German artists from the 1920s, George Grosz, Otto Dix, etc..., Dada, Francis Bacon maybe... some of the contemporary "Pop Surrealsm" illustrators...
Does music influence your work? If so, what are some of your favorites?
It does ...The Radio Dept, Andrew Bird, Crystal Castles, Dawes, Joy Division, Lykke Li, Modest Mouse, New Order, Sufjan Stevens, The Smiths, The Stranglers, etc, etc...
What piece/project are you most proud of and why?
While we are here at grove, "Birdland" is def. one of them.
What would your dream project be?
I´d like to do more Gig posters for bands I love...
What's on the horizon?
Summer! Sitting on a beach, on the horizon there are only a few boats and seagulls...
If you could have one super power, what would it be?
That is one popular question, haha:)
...Being the "Questionator" of course...
Finally, what advice would you give to a young artist?
Does that mean I´m no longer being considered a young artist myself?
Haha, kidding, of course I´m not...
Patience is important, I had to wait until I was 30 before I started to get real illustration jobs... so take it easy:)